Congratulations to my twin brothers Jeremiah (L) and Joshua (R) for finishing 2nd and 3rd Honorable Mention in their batch!
I have always been proud of my brothers, and their latest feat in their school life made me, and my Mom of course, even more proud. Finishing fourth and fifth in a special program section is not an easy task; competition is stiff, loads of assignments and projects, copious amount of activities each week, and yet they both finished with flying colors. Who wouldn’t be proud, right? I have seen them grow right before my eyes; not too long ago I was helping Mom changing their diapers, washing their feeding bottles, putting them to sleep, the works. And now that they’re about to embark on a new phase in their studies, I wish them all the best. I know they will do just fine.
Just last Wednesday, April 6th, we attended their graduation ceremonies. I liked what our city Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista gave them as a message – that graduation is not the end, that “commencement” means to start and to begin anew, and life itself is like a ladder that you need to take one step at a time and will gradually learn along the way. I know they will face another set of trials and hardships, but that’s definitely part of the process which will eventually make them tougher individuals.
As I ponder on those thoughts, I couldn’t help but feel emotional. Sitting in the Parents’ area of the spacious grounds of my alma mater, I was thinking of my own life and how much change I was able to make for myself, be it a good or a bad one. Suddenly, I got a bit concerned as to how my brothers will lead their own lives after high school. Will they become successful? Will they realize their dreams? Or will they end up like me – a has been? Haha, well maybe I just got a little too emotional. You can tell from the thoughts I’ve been keeping at that certain moment. Overwhelmed, to be more appropriate. But anyway, I know my brothers will be able to reach more than I have, and that they both will grow as matured and responsible young man.
The clock ticked by a lot faster, after the seemingly-endless graduation message of a certain QC Congressman (I’d rather not name him haha), and after giving diplomas to 20+ 4th year sections, it’s time for us to go up stage and award them their medals. The time also told me I am already late for work! But who cares? I don’t. I had to make sure I am present at this momentous event for us. I tried fixing my schedule for that day, but unfortunately I failed. But that’s okay, as long as I was able to be part of my dear brothers’ graduation. Hindi na ata mauulit ‘to! 😀
Mom, my brothers, and me before I take off for work
Again, a big congratulations to both of you! Good luck with everything, I know you will do good in College. I am so excited for our Hong Kong trip next month to celebrate Mom’s birthday and your victory in High School as well. I love you much! 🙂